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SXU students to work with children with HIV/AIDS in Belize

International Mercy service-learning trip

Chicago (May 7, 2008) Six Saint Xavier students will travel to Belize on May 9 to perform a week of service, which will include working with children with HIV/AIDS. Led by Sister Sue Sanders, R.S.M., Ph.D., Sister Joy Clough, R.S.M., and Professor David Arenas, Ph.D., the group will travel to Central America where they will serve at three ministry locations and visit several cultural sites. 

They will be hosted by Hand-in-Hand Ministries, an international human services organization that seeks to make Christ present in the world through service to the poor, especially abandoned or disabled children. Students will work at two sites, a pre-school in one of Belize City’s poorer areas and an outreach center for children with HIV/AIDS. 

The group will also take advantage of the Sisters of Mercy presence in Belize by serving at Mercy Clinic, which provides health services, including home visits and a daily meal program, for senior citizens. Cultural aspects of the trip will include museums, a rain forest adventure, a visit to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai and a visit to the capital city of Belmopan.     

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to take part in the long-standing tradition of Mercy service,” said Sister Sanders. “This speaks to the very core of the values we hope to instill at Saint Xavier University, the first Sisters of Mercy institution of higher learning in the United States. Our students will carry this experience with them for the rest of their lives.” 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact: Joe Moore
773-298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu